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Old 05-27-2013, 02:51 AM
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I think it's more likely a combination of a finger wave with naturally curly hair. In pictures of her when she's younger she had very curly hair that she piled on the top of her head. In pictures of her when she's older it looks like there's a continuation of this style but with shorter hair. I doubt it's a wig.

The front of her hair in later life was a "piece" made by the same process employed to make judges wigs and called "frizzeur force." My friend's mother, who worked for a leading London hairdresser, was responsible for making these pieces. It is unlikely that the style ever changed as Mary was not considered to be a leader of fashion. She was forbidden by George to adopt the new length of skirt.
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Wow... And I never even got an ordinary doll's house!
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:24 PM
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I just watched the video "A Tribute to Queen Mary, Consort of King George V" - thanks for posting that, Warren.
What a gracious and dignified lady - a worthy consort for the monarch.

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Recently I was watching a documentary about King George V and Queen Mary and one of the people being interviewed said that Mary had quite a strong German accent. Would this have been correct? As Mary grew up in England and her mother was English I would have thought she would have had an English accent.
- if that was Her Majesty speaking at the launching of the ship "Queen Mary", in the video, she seems to have had a clipped and very correct (for her era) English pronunciation, that's all.
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I thought I was looking at the usual lavish, palatial room one would find in a palace, not a doll's house! Sure beats the plastic dollhouses manufactured today.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:52 AM
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I thought I was looking at the usual lavish, palatial room one would find in a palace, not a doll's house! Sure beats the plastic dollhouses manufactured today.
Its all about Barbie and Kens and beach houses in Malibu eh? I loved looking at that doll house and also thought it was a photo perhaps of an elegant "pile"
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:10 PM
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Holy cow!! I never had a doll house even close to that. I have to say that is a beauty and the detail is unreal. The guy that put this together was a genius and quite an artist. Oh to be a doll residing in that house. :)
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Queen Mary was close to her aunt, Princess Augusta, the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Did Mary visit her Aunt Augusta on a frequent basis? Did the Grand Duchess Augusta visit Mary quite often?

If you read Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor by Anne Edwards, how did you like the book?
Prince Andrew (Andrea) and Princess Alice of Greece took Prince Philip to tea at Buckingham Palace with Queen Mary.
Queen Mary remembered Prince Philip as "a nice little boy with very blue eyes".
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Queen Mary was close to her aunt, Princess Augusta, the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Did Mary visit her Aunt Augusta on a frequent basis? Did the Grand Duchess Augusta visit Mary quite often?
I don't know how often they met, as much of her childhood, her aunt lived in Germany. It is said that they wrote back and forth once a week, and during WWI, Princess Margrat of Connaught, at that time CP of Sweden, helped to get letters through the Swedish embassy, between them as her Aunt. Her Aunt did visit Mary's grandmother in London every year though, and when the Duchess of Cambridge died, Augusta took ownership of her London home and spent time there every year until she got too old. She unfortunately was too sick to attend her niece's coronation, as she lived in Germany full time by then.
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I've read "Matriarch". It's a bit dry, but definitely worth a read if you're a fan of the British royals.
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Duchessmary, thank you for your recommendation. I like the part of Mary of Teck's brothers. One of her brothers, Prince Alexander, married Princess Alice, the daughter of Prince Leopold, the Duke of Albany.
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Cyril, I've read and thoroughly enjoyed Matriarch. If I remember correctly (it was a couple years ago), I found it to be a well balanced depiction of Mary, showing both her negatives and positives.
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In my opinion `Matriarch` is not a Queen Mary biography I would recommend. It is riddled with errors. Pope-Hennessy`s book is far superior and better researched. There is no comparison between them.
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While watching these, I also stumbled across her Lying in State footage. I was confused over the standard, as there were crowned Tudor Roses on the one half I'd assume was the Teck part of her Heraldry, but that doesn't seem to fit w/German Royals/Nobles. Anyone got an answer to this?
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While watching these, I also stumbled across her Lying in State footage. I was confused over the standard, as there were crowned Tudor Roses on the one half I'd assume was the Teck part of her Heraldry, but that doesn't seem to fit w/German Royals/Nobles. Anyone got an answer to this?
I've not been able to find any images of QM's lying in state that will load on my phone, but I did find a forum that claimed that the standard that draped her coffin at her lying in state was the royal standard.

The one draping her coffin during her funeral was QM's personal standard; the royal standard impaled with the arms of her father, Prince Francis, Duke of Teck, and her paternal grandfather, Prince Adulphus, Duke of Cambridge.

Wikipedia has an image of her standard, with a description explaining the parts below here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File...k_Standard.svg

Without seeing an image of the standard you're talking about (assuming it's a different one), I can't comment on it - but I'll look again when I'm not on my phone.
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That's the Standard that was on the coffin for the Funeral and should have been the same for the Lying in State as well, as was the case for The Queen Mum nearly 15 yrs ago. I clearly remember the late QEQM's Personal Standard being draped on her coffin at all times I saw anything to do w/her passing and respective Ceremonies/Processions leading up to the Funeral. In fact, I remember explaining to my Mom why her "flag looked like it was two flags sewn together".

Now I'm really confused, because that Standard sure hasn't got any crowned Tudor Roses anywhere on it, as I expected w/the late Queen Mary having been a German Princess, so...To quote The Swedish Chef...

Vat der hey!?!

(I was watching old Muppet Show vids on YouTube earlier today, so that's where that came from. :). )
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Do you have a link to the footage you were watching?

Still can't find any video or photos from QM's lying in state, but I did find a shot of Queen Victoria's lying in state (http://www.historic-uk.com/assets/Im...jpg?1390900015) that looks like her coffin may have been draped with a standard that featured something that could have been crowned tudor roses. Perhaps what you saw was a misidentified picture of Victoria's standard?
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Skeletons from the royal closet, a new book from the Royal Archives gives a fascinating insight into 700 years of regal life | Mail Online

A Softer Side of Queen Mary

The Royal Archives at Windsor has produced a new book "Treasures From the Royal Archives" to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the founding of a permanent home for the Royal Archives in the Round Tower of Windsor Castle. Various items from the archives are now being published for the first time.

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We're also given a different perspective on the character of Queen Mary, who comes across as an emotionally rather chilly character in biographies. For example when, after her death in 1953, her eldest son the Duke of Windsor wrote to his wife, 'I'm afraid the fluids in her veins have always been as icy cold as they are now in death.' The archives, however, show a soft side to her.

For each of her six children she faithfully kept a baby book in which she recorded their first steps, first words, even their first outing in the royal pram as well as their signatures from the age of eight to 21, locks of their hair and dozens of photographs.

The Baby Book created for Prince Albert ("Bertie", later King George VI) by Queen Mary
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